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Membership in NREDA Provides Key Networking Opportunities


NREDA's approximately 350 individual members are a virtual Who's Who of electric, telephone cooperatives, local economic development organizations, key 'sister' associations, consultants and rural government related organizations. Members take pride in their willingness to share expertise and information with peers. Take advantage of mentoring opportunities through the ED411 program; search the directory for areas of expertise, attend NREDA events and meet the folks who do what you do, join a committee and get to know others in the rural economic development field.

NREDA Membership Breakout



NREDA's Grassroots Advocacy Issues Paper


The Grassroots Advocacy Committee is responsible for monitoring federal legislation that may have an impact on economic development in rural America. This monitoring will include developing and maintaining relationships with the legislative staffs of affiliated organizations such as NTCA, NRTC, NRECA, NADO and CFC.

The Committee keeps the Board apprised of legislation and has developed an issues paper that defines key areas of recognition or support for rural development. Download the full 2017-18 NREDA Grassroots Advocacy Issues Paper to learn more.

The committee co-chairs are Shawn Rennecker and Nikki Pfannenstiel with committee members including: RaSarah Browder, Brad Captain, Lee Chapman, Rand Fisher, Tony Floyd, Lisa Franklin, John Greene, Clare Gustin, Diana Hersch, Christy Hopkins, Paul Mantz, Loren Medley, Cy Murray, JD Wallace.



Bylaws Changes and Member Incentive Program


NREDA Members: In February of 2015, the NREDA board initiated a pilot program to increase NREDA's membership which targets regional economic development groups. This goal of this "limited affiliate" membership is to give regional economic development groups exposure to NREDA and the ability to participate in our events. The board expects that once people see the value of NREDA, we will be able to convert them to full members of our organization.
The pilot program has been successful and membership has grown as a result. Enough so, the board proposes to make the category of Limited Affiliate Member a permanent part of the NREDA membership structure. To do that, NREDA bylaws must be changed to reflect this new membership category. We would also offer that as part of the overall bylaw review process, the board is also proposing a few minor edits to reflect actual board practices and procedures.
Attached for your review are the proposed bylaws. They are presented in a red-line format to make review easier. We have also included an outline of the various membership programs as background information.
The proposed bylaws were presented and approved at the NREDA Annual Meeting for adoption by the membership. Presented by NREDA Bylaws Committee: Dan Boysel, Bruce Nuzum & Nikki Pfannenstiel



IEDC Publication Available: A New Standard: Achieving Data Excellence in Economic Development


Plain and simple, data drives decision-making in business and beyond. How well are you incorporating data into your daily business functions, and how easy is it for data users such as site selectors to get quality, accurate, and timeline data from you?

Aside from traditional federal data sources, such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Census Bureau, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, do you know the many other ways to access critical sets of data? A New Standard: Achieving Data Excellence in Economic Development, a recently published EDRP Report, is now available to IEDC member. The comprehensive report explains how economic developers can use new sources of information and analytic tools to present the quality data that corporate decision-makers expect, while addressing gaps in data that can hinder business attraction efforts.

Economic Development Research Partners Program is an exclusive membership level of IEDC, which supports practice-oriented research. The publications developed under EDRP's guidance and sponsorship are designed to increase the knowledge base of the economic development profession and help practitioners navigate through today's rapidly changing economy. Non-IEDC members may purchase the publications. Click here to learn more.




NREDA's 2016-2017 Grassroots Advocacy Issues Paper


The Grassroots Advocacy Committee is responsible for monitoring federal legislation that may have an impact on economic development in rural America. The Committee will keep the Board apprised of this legislation. This monitoring will include developing and maintaining relationships with the legislative staffs of affiliated organizations such as NTCA, NRTC, NRECA, NADO and CFC.

The Committee keeps the Board apprised of legislation and has developed an issues paper that defines key areas o recognition or support for rural development. Download the full 2016-17 NREDA Grassroots Advocacy Issues Paper to learn more.

Additionally, several years ago, the committee put together a user-friendly, how-to guide entitled, How to be a Legislative Advocate, which takes what can be an intimidating process and breakes it down for you step by step. We hope you find it a useful tool.

The committee chair is Shawn Rennecker and committee members include: Clare Gustin, Tony Floyd, RaSarah Browder, Lisa Franklin, Cy Murray, Loren Medley, Russell Laird, Diana Hersch, Lee Chapman, Ian Kaiser, Christy Hopkins, Paul Mantz, and Rand Fisher.





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